Pleasure Principle
Apr
27
to Jun 1

Pleasure Principle

Stephanie Graham,  Fella , 2011-2012, Digital photography, 16x20 inches

Stephanie Graham, Fella, 2011-2012, Digital photography, 16x20 inches

Pleasure Principle is a multimedia exhibition exploring the complexities of Black life, subcultural and counter-cultural communities. These select works conceptually engage with love and companionship, collective memory-work as an act of resistance, and query dominant societal narratives. Lustral explorations of civic life, afrofuturism and technology yield works of realism, fantasy and desire through photography, painting, illustration, sculpture, and installation.


Featuring Nicole Briggs, Dredske, Jory Drew, Stephanie Graham, Caswell James, Allen Moore, Anthony Williams. Curated by Sadie Woods.

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Coyaba
May
10
to Jun 14

Coyaba

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Sound has been vital to emancipatory moments of resistance in the African Diaspora. Vessels for sonic expressions of liberation—such as drums, the voice, and the spirit—are therefore embedded within the many legacies of Black liberation that have transpired locally and nationally. From the Civil Rights Era, to Ferguson to Baltimore, all the way to the emancipation of the first Black republic in the Western hemisphere in Haiti, the quest for freedom roots back to ancestral beginnings in the Caribbean, the continent of Africa and beyond.

Award-winning artist, curator, and deejay Sadie Woods has a made a career out of producing and curating sounds reflective of the histories of rebellion, collective protest, and restorative healing from a global Black perspective. From her performance piece A Study in Rhyme and Song at High Concept Labs to her site-specific radio broadcast on Radius, “It Was a Rebellion” for the fiftieth anniversary of the 1968 Chicago “riots,” her work has consistently embodied and unveiled innovative practices of social justice by way of music.

Her solo exhibition Coyaba draws from this multi-ethnic lineage of emancipatory practices through presenting new work from her ongoing series of wooden music boxes. Coyaba—a word of Arawakan and Taino origins meaning ‘heaven’—is an idyllic place of eternal tranquility without catastrophe. Her music boxes understand the material manifestation of sonic expression as a conduit to memory, culture, and ancestral narratives. In an effort to transcend the injustices of our present day, she uses her music boxes as signifiers for the longer genealogies that we belong to. Through wood, metal, and sound, Woods’ music boxes give viewers access to the communal and personal narratives that have shaped our collective consciousness in Black liberation.

Coyaba opens Friday, May 10th, 2019 and runs through June 14th, 2019 at Connect Gallery, 1520 East Harper Court, Chicago, Illinois.

Programming:
Wednesday, May 29th, 6:00-8:00pm
Coyaba: Artist Talk
Sadie Woods shares her concept and influences that have informed the making of Coyaba. Moderated by Curators Sabrina Greig and Ciera McKissick.

Sunday, June 2nd, 12:00-2:00pm
Music Box Making Workshop
Make your own music box with Sadie Woods. All materials provided: hand crank music box, music sheets, hole puncher, and wooden boxes. All ages welcome. Snacks and soft drinks provided. Tickets available for $25. Limited space available, sign up by May 31.

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Coyaba: Music Box Making Workshop
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Coyaba: Music Box Making Workshop

Music Box Making Workshop
Make your own music box with Sadie Woods. All materials provided: hand crank music box, music sheets, hole puncher, and wooden boxes. All ages welcome. Snacks and soft drinks provided. Tickets available for $25. Limited space available, sign up by May 31.

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Centro Social
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Centro Social

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Rivera

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Rivera

Underground art cool meets nightlife in Centro Social, an experiential multidisciplinary performance by artist Sadie Woods a roster of visual and performance artists. This evening affair is part contemporary art and part social club rooted in deejay culture in the tradition of Black and Brown culture-making. Sadie Woods (DJ), featuring Chris Paquette (Percussion), Sam Lewis (Performance Art), Edra Soto (Visual Art), Sam Trump (Trumpet), Edith Yokley (Electronic Violin).

This performance is a part of the Ragdale Ring Performance summer series. For more information, visit www.ragdale.org.

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Art of Resilience 2.0
May
16
to May 18

Art of Resilience 2.0

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Join Red Clay Dance Company for 10th Anniversary Season Spring Concert and Fundraiser. Red Clay Dance Company (RCDC), which creates and performs a diverse repertoire of Afro-contemporary dance, continues its 10th anniversary season with the world premiere of Art of Resilience 2.0 by Founder and Artistic Director Vershawn Sanders-Ward.

Art of Resilience 2.0 is a site-specific, mixed-media, and immersive activation of the DuSable Museum roundhouse and re-imagining of the company's 2017 work Art of Resilience. Using movement, text, vibrant projections, and soundscapes mixed by DJ Sadie Woods, the “Urban Griots” of Red Clay Dance guide you through a journey of Chicago’s Black Belt, the “Stroll”, and the Black Arts Movement while disquieting the impact of redlining, restrictive housing covenants, and state violence on black life. Experience this ancestral practice of occupying and re-claiming space as an act of resilience and an expression of our humanity.

Performances are Thursday, May 16- Saturday, May 18th at 7:30pm. Following the Saturday evening performance is the company's annual Paint the Town Red Fundraiser and end of the 10th Anniversary Season celebration!

School Matinee performances on Thursday, May 16th at 11:00am. To bring a school group to the matinee performance please call (773) 624-8411.

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Ecstatic Dance Chicago
Apr
13
6:30 PM18:30

Ecstatic Dance Chicago

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You are invited to an extraordinary dance party, where you are free to dance and move any way you want, and feel free to be you with others that want the same.

Ecstatic Dance Chicago is a warm, welcoming space for community to come together to connect and to dance. Our dance floor is a conversation, photography, shoes, and alcohol free space that holds embodiment and freedom of expression in the highest regard. We invite you to be curious, playful, sexy, meditative, adventurous, and to share with others or dance alone. Our participation guidelines, and the container we create makes this safe and easy.

I'll be DJn from 7:30-10:00pm, drop in anytime.

Program includes:
Wild Movment Playshop w/ Nikolas Lapelusa
Sound Journey w/ Masin Gabriel Ouksel
Blended Energy Work Massage w/ Samule Lamour

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Second Sunday
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Second Sunday

Free. All Ages Welcome.

Free. All Ages Welcome.

Program of Aram Han Sifuentes’ exhibition “To Ward Off Authorities and to Protect My Neighbors”

Event includes an exhibitions tour, Stay Safe Party, DJ Sadie Woods Performance, William Estrada’s Art Cart, and Aram Sifuentes Portals.

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Ecstatic Dance
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Ecstatic Dance

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7:00p-7:50p - Movement Play – Janie Crick Empower Movement
7:50p-8:00p - Opening Circle (Guidelines Share)
8:00p-10:30p - Ecstatic Dance – Sadie Woods House Funk Jazz and Hip Hop
10:30p-10:45p - Sound Journey – Masin Gabriel Ouksel Guitar and Heart Song
10:45p-11:00p - Closing Circle – Samuel Lamour, Massage

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For more information, visit www.EcstaticDanceChicago.com.

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Blender
Jan
13
to Jan 14

Blender

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Blender is a mixture of diverse artists and patrons intent on celebrating the inclusive roots of Chicago's house music culture.

●● DJ Sets
Gene HuntSadie RockWYSER • CT
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EarloveCustom VibesProject VIDA
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Open and Welcome Space to Come As You Are.
Zero Tolerance, Respect Community, Bring Lqqks To Slay

RSVP at RA link >>> https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1113511

$3 Ferrari Shots (Fernet + Campari)

FREE ALL NIGHT | Doors at 10pm | 21+

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Centro Social
Jul
13
to Jul 14

Centro Social

Artist Sadie Woods presents Centro Social, or Social Club, a one-night exploration and showcase of music, visual culture, and contemporary art and entertainment. 

Featuring Arrington PorterMomo-donoLional “ Brother El” Freeman, A.J. McClenonAllen MooreChris Paquette, and Afra Williams

Underground art cool meets the nightclub in Centro Social with a roster of artists that mix dj aesthetics and electronic music, sound and video art, and live musical performance. This evening affair is part contemporary art and part social club in the tradition of Black and Brown culture-making. 

Centro Social is presented by Elastic Arts, in partnership with the Elastro and Dark Matter series. Join us Friday, July 13, from 8:00pm-12:00am at Elastic Arts, 3429 West Diversey Avenue, #208, Chicago, IL 60647. $10 cover.

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Dark Matter Radio Feature
Jul
11
to Jul 12

Dark Matter Radio Feature

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Dark Matter Radio show featuring Sadie Woods, hosted by Sam samiam Lewis, as a program of Centro Social.

 

Dark Matter Radio (DMR) on Que4 Radio was started by Sam Lewis in 2016 to showcase and highlight creative POC in arts and culture. Sam is a founder and director of Logan Square based, Elastic Arts. In that role he has spent the past 20 years providing performance opportunities to underserved artist in Chicago and beyond. Starting DMR is a further extension of his work at Elastic Arts where he currently curates a monthly performance series with Jonathan Woods, of Brightseed Collaborative, which showcases music, art and performance of forward thinking artists of color. Having the outlet of the radio show provides additional capacity for artists to be interviewed and perform live on air, reaching a wider audience. DMR airs every Wednesday from 10pm-midnight CT on www.Que4.org.  

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Radius Radio Feature
May
5
5:00 AM05:00

Radius Radio Feature

Radius presents Sadie Woods' "It Was a Rebellion", a site-specific radio broadcast for the fiftieth anniversary of the Chicago “riots” following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination in April of 1968.

“A riot is the language of the unheard.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

From the days of the Civil Rights Era to Ferguson to Baltimore to downtown Chicago in wake of Laquan McDonald, the public expression of Black rage that escalates into physical confrontation or property damage is often framed as mindless barbarism by authority and mainstream media with the word “riot.” In this sonic exploration, DJ and sound artist Sadie Woods recooperates and challenges our notion of the riot and reframes it as legitimate, even loving, insurgency or rebellion. This performance commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, but also his sanitized legacy, redeeming the radical impulses and invasions in the public space that are fundamentally expressions for hope and change. Mixing music from the Civil Rights Era, news reports, speeches, ephemera, and symbolic sounds, Woods takes us on a journey that reverberate with echoes of the unheard.

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